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Word has it that the motto of military life is “hurry up and wait” After a couple of days aboard the USS Kearsarge, I certainly believe it -- but…
The USS Kearsarge has a gym equipped with all manner of equipment so the men and women aboard can stay in shape. And they do stay in shape. Just…
I mentioned the inter-service rivalry in passing once already. It has reared its ugly head at least one other time on this trip, not because of the…
I missed the memo. It was an important memo, too -- the one to bloggers that said to be sure and bring shower shoes onto the USS Kearsarge.…
The blog presence aboard the USS Kearsarge is a first. We are the Navy’s new media virgins -- and it shows because the service doesn’t know what to…
We learned quite a bit about life at sea today, but there were two highlights from my perspective: the arrival of the helicopters at about 2 p.m. and…
That’s about how much fresh water the USS Kearsarge creates from the ocean as it travels. The ship is steam-powered, and if I understand the…
That would be the engineers in the heart of the ship. They keep it powered and running. They'll tell you themselves that they're the hardest workers…
That’s what the USS Kearsarge is – on this mission in particular but also for all of its missions. The medical area contains one of the largest naval…
Overheard in the hallways of the medical area aboard the USS Kearsarge, one Army veterinarian talking to another: “We have to keep them from getting…
Here’s an interesting factoid we gathered from lunch today with a Northrop Grumman contractor onboard the USS Kearsarge: His company pays the full…
An Air Force nurse we bloggers met last night joined us for lunch this afternoon. Like all of us, he’s a first-timer on a Navy ship. He wondered…
Last night in the wardroom, the mess hall where the officers eat, the ship’s physician only half-jokingly told us land-loving bloggers to take…
The U.S. military gets a fair rap as a bureaucracy that wastes money right and left. So I was shocked today to hear that penny-pinching accountants…
I spent a few years as a reporter on Capitol Hill for Congressional Quarterly, and I remember well the maze of corridors that coursed beneath the…
Consider this a shout-out to the other bloggers onboard the USS Kearsarge. Unlike me, most of them learned of this trip from official channels. They…
You can find more information about the USS Kearsarge and its history on the Navy’s Web site, but here’s a quick roundup of key facts: -- It’s the…
When I wrote my first blog in 2004 to report on a two-week visit with Christians in Russia, few members of our church understood what I was doing. A…
One of the things Kimberly and the kids loved about the quick Kearsarge tour was seeing my sleeping quarters. Kimberly had told me the Navy would…
The Glover family lives only three hours from Norfolk, so my wife and kids joined me on the drive down here today. We’re all glad we did, too,…